Today’s Reading | Titus 1
In today’s reading, Paul gave Titus a list of requirements for anyone who is being considered for the position of a pastor. Why are these requirements important? According to this passage, there are three reasons for this standard. The first reason Paul lists is found in verse seven. These men have been entrusted with God’s work. What a pastor does is different than any other job a man can have. They are giving God’s Word to people. They are responsible to study it, teach it, use it to correct and rebuke, and they have to be credible. Second, we are told in verse nine that these standards are important because they enable him to encourage others with the truth and refute those who are teaching or living in error. If his life is not what it ought to be, he loses his ability to do this. Third, these standards are vital because there are many rebellious people who teach error and are ruining households. A pastor must be the kind of man who can protect his people from the evil intent of these kinds of men. The job of a pastor demands a standard that is higher than any standard of any other job one might have. Could God be calling you to such a position?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?